THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) XI will kickstart the Register Anywhere Program (RAP) to prepare for the 2025 National and Local Elections.
During the Kapihan forum on Feb. 12, Atty. Gay Enumerables, Comelec XI assistant regional director, said the RAP enables citizens to register their vote regardless of their current residence, located at designated sites and highly urbanized cities in the country.
“If you are from Davao City (for example) and you want to register your vote in some place, you don’t need to go to that particular place para maka-transfer sa registration mo. You just need to visit our (Comelec) office dito sa Davao City, and apply for registration,” Enumerables said.
She also said the RAP is available in all capital towns and urbanized areas including the three districts in Davao City, Tagum City in Davao del Norte, Nabunturan in Davao de Oro, Mati City in Davao Oriental, Digos City in Davao del Sur, and Malita in Davao Occidental.
She also said they plan to collaborate with selected malls within the areas for the RAP program within a few weeks.
“When we schedule mall registrations, kasali na ang RAP doon, pero they don’t want rin na sa mall mag-start yung registration, dapat sa opisina talaga. Maybe in the next few weeks,” she added.
Registrations will also be available in barangays and satellite sites for voters in far-flung areas.
Enumerables said the registration period will run from Feb. 12 to Sept 30, in preparation for the midterm election 2025. The Comelec office will be open from 8-5 p.m. from Monday to Friday, including holidays. She said the office will not be open for the Holy Week.
For the voters’ requirements, one Voter’s Registration form (downloadable online and free of charge), any valid government IDs (library card or school ID for students), barangay certification with attached voter’s picture, and birth certificate for new registrants. She also stressed that the voter’s certificate issued by the Comelec will also be free beginning Feb. 12.
“You can now ask for your registration records or certification in the office na walang bayad, kasi noon, P75 ‘yun with receipt,” she added.
She also urged the public to register early prior to the deadline.
“As early as now, dapat mubisita na sila sa Comelec, kay basin nagsalig sila na dugay pa ang deadline,” she added.
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